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Which digestive test is right for me?

Which digestive test is right for me?

It can be difficult knowing which digestive test is the right one for you…..

Below is a video explaining my most popular digestive health tests and why I recommend them

Link to the SIBO test discussed in the video
Link to the GI Effects test discussed in the video
Link to the GI MAP Pathogen plus test discussed in the video

Please also find a summary of all of the digestive tests I offer below.
Have a read through the information and click on the one that interests you for more detail and sample reports. If you are still unsure please do get in touch as we are happy to help.

Comprehensive Stool Test – GI Effects
This new health test offers the best of the the two stool tests we used to along with combining new technology for checking levels of 24 different types of bacteria. The is done via a new process called PCR. This works by checking the DNA of the bacteria and is fast becoming the world leader in ways to test for bacteria.

This test checks how well you are breaking down protein, absorbing fats and digesting carbohydrates. It checks for inflammation and the health of the immune system that works within the gut. It also has markers that are associated with the health of the gut wall and looks at toxicity in the gut. All of the above plus a culture ( growing) good and bad bacteria and yeasts and checking the DNA of 24 different bacteria and it also looks for parasites and eggs. It is now also available with zonulin which is one of the ways that we test for intestinal permeability / leaky gut between the gut cell walls –  not through the gut cell walls. To test permeability through the cell wall as well as between them don’t add the zonulin to this test opt for the comprehensive leaky gut test aswell which can be found here.
I use this test in my IBS and SIBO clinics when I want to thoroughly assess digestive function and look for some bad guys aswell.   

Comprehensive Stool Test – GI Map Pathogen Plus
The GI Microbial Assay Plus (GI-MAP) was designed to assess a patient’s microbiome from a single stool sample, with particular attention to microbes that cause disease or that disrupt normal microbial balance and contribute to perturbations in the GI flora and contribute to illness. The GI map is the best test to use when wanting to assess bad guys as it looks at bacteria, yeasts, viruses and parasites all via the new PCR – DNA testing which is thought to be a better way of assessing bad guys than culture as this can miss bugs that don’t grow in a pertri dish or in oxygen. This test also offers some digestive health markers to assess your ability to digest and absorb food.
I choose this test in my IBS and SIBO clinics when I want a really thorough check for bad guys with some digestive function. 

Comprehensive Microbiome Stool Test 
This test check for levels of 24 good / commensal bacteria plus yeasts via a PCR DNA check – this looks for the DNA of the bacteria which gives a good overall understanding of the diversity of bacteria and overall gut health.  It also cultures (grows) good bacteria and bad bacteria and yeasts and provides a sensitivity panel to show which natural and pharmaceutical agents would be effective against any bad bacteria or yeasts that are found. The test also looks for parasites using EIA and includes microscopic checks for parasites.   Your results would show an overall picture of your gut health broken down into infection, inflammation, Insufficiency and imbalance showing you the relative diversity of bacteria along with an easy to see a comparison of your bacteria against a healthy population.

Comprehensive Test for Intestinal Permeability  / Leaky Gut – Blood test
Leaky gut is also known as intestinal permeability. A normal healthy gut lining allows certain molecules to pass across into the bloodstream such as vitamins, minerals and digested foods. It also acts as a barrier to prevent entry of larger damaging molecules, foreign particles and bacteria. A leaky gut is associated with digestive problems and food sensitivity and new research also links it to autoimmune diseases and a myriad of other health issues.

This is comprehensive test checks for permeability through the cell walls – zonulin and also permeability through the cells as well – LPS.

Standard Digestive Stool Test
This includes everything that is tested by the comprehensive parasitology above plus it checks overall digestive function. It looks to see how well you were breaking down proteins and carbohydrates and it looks at your absorption of fats. It also has some markers that are associated with health of the gut wall. It looks at the pH of the stool and has a marker of inflammation; it looks at any hidden blood and looks at the colour and consistency of stool. There is also has a marker which is associated with toxicity in the bowel. This does not test the DNA of bacteria tested in the GI effects.

Standard Microbiome stool Test 
A stool test that cultures (grows in a petri dish) bacteria and yeasts and also comes with a sensitivity panel  which means the lab grows some of your particular bad bacteria or yeast and treats it with natural and antibiotic agents to see which are the most effective for getting rid of the bad bacteria. This test also checks for paraistes with O&P recovery.

Standard Test for Intestinal Permeability / Leaky Gut – Stool or Blood test.
This test looks at levels of Zonulin that acts like a shoelace to pull the cell walls together and if altered is a marker of permeability between the cells. This test does not look at permeability through the cells as the Comprehensive test for Leaky gut does.
This test can be added onto GI Effects Stool TestGI Effects Microbial Ecology ProfileThe IgE Food Allergy Test and Coeliac Disease Test

SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) – Breath test
SIBO is now recognised as a leading cause of IBS and this is a simple breath test can be carried out at home.

SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) is a condition in the small intestine where good or bad bacteria begin to congregate in far higher numbers than normal. The bacteria cause a wide variety of uncomfortable and often embarrassing symptoms for millions of SIBO sufferers. Symptoms of SIBO can affect much more than just digestion so sadly it is often missed as a possible cause of some health problems. The only way to currently diagnose this condition is by taking a simple breath test to use at home or in the lab whichever you choose.

MOAT – Microbial Organic Acid Test – Urine 
This is a urine test indicates the metabolites (break down products)  produced by yeast and bacteria in the gut.

Calprotectin Test
Calprotectin is a marker for inflammation in the gut and this test is designed to help differentiate between Irritable bowel syndrome and Inflammatory bowel disease or active disease as calprotectin plays an important part in the inflammatory process.

Candida Test
An overgrowth of the yeast candida can lead to many symptoms that are not only digestive such as bloating and wind, leaky gut, food intolerances.

Coeliac Disease Test
A simple blood test to help confirm whether celiac disease is the cause of your digestive issues.

Helicobacter pylori Test
Helicobacter pylori is a bacterial infection that is strongly linked to stomach and duodenal ulcers. This test can be used to confirm the presence of Helicobacter pylori or as it can be difficult to eradicate the test can be used to monitor the effectiveness of treatment. Breath or stool tests are available. Helicobacter pylori and virulence factors are also checked in the comprehensive GI MAP Pathogen plus stool test.